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ERIC Number: ED173593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 77
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The Older Worker: A Case Study.
Changar-Shaw, Ilene
The number of Americans between the ages fifty-five and seventy-four will significantly increase during the next few decades. Within this group is the fastest growing poverty group in the country. For them the right to work is basic to the right to survive. Studies have shown that older workers are able to produce work which is, in quality and quantity, equal to that of younger workers, thus dispelling some of the myths associated with aging. One important study was conducted by Lou Harris and is entitled "The Myth and Reality of Aging in America." Various titles of CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) could conceivably encompass older adult employment programs. At present funds for such programs are supplied by Title IX of the Older Americans Act, which provides for and promotes part-time employment in community service jobs for economically disadvantaged persons fifty-five years old or older. To protect persons up to age sixty-five from widespread age discrimination in the job market, the federal government enacted the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Another option for providing employment to the older worker is career retraining. Since age is not an accurate indicator of ability, the policy of mandatory retirement should be re-examined by employers. Likewise, the federal government should re-examine the Social Security system which limits the earnings of older workers. (ELG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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